Attention Oakland, San Jose, San Francisco, and Southern California: Here is a story that will make you think about your own dreams and goals. It opens today. Read on.
EAST SIDE SUSHI – Sushi con Chile Poblano*
Sadly, some people expect very little of immigrants, and of Hispanics/Latinos. As “East Side Sushi” tells, it was expected that Juana, daughter of Latino immigrants and a single mother living in East Oakland, remained washing dishes forever — in the back of a restaurant, without even considering what she really wanted to do with her life. But Juana wants knows that she wants to become Sushi Chef, and this fictional-documentary (I know, it is a contradiction, but this is life in the 21st century. We are all a little messed up.) takes you around and into her life, the challenges she has to overcome, and the wild turns her life takes. Directed by Oakland-native Anthony Lucero, this story is powerful and well told. It also shows aspects of the Japanese culture, and the human connections most of us develop regardless of cultural background.
East Side Sushi starts Friday, September 18, in the following theaters:
Grand Lake Theater, Oakland;
Camera 12, San Jose;
Kabuki, San Francisco;
Smith Rafael Film Center, San Rafael.
Also look for this film in Bakersfield, Salinas, Pico Rivera, Monterey Park, W. Hollywood, and San Diego.
*East Side Sushi will be going to Mexico and Latin America, and so I am (uninvited) proposing the Spanish-language title: Sushi con Chile Poblano! Yaaayyy!!